Maximising Assessment and driving for continual program improvement - Chris Ross & Michael Garner, Solutions Engineers, Academic Platforms Measuring learning is a key element to outcomes assessment, and is the foundation for improvement. Join us as we look at how an institution's assessment framework can be managed within Blackboard, empowering timely and rich feedback to students whilst at the same time ensuring institutional insight into desired program and graduate level outcomes.
A world where everyone in education can access infinite teaching tools, information, and analytics from anywhere at any time.
Some research by Gibbs in 2010
This research shows (as does a large body of other research) that the biggest influence of learning is assessment, and in particular the feedback given on that assessment.
This is not a controversial view, but it is worth reminding ourselves of the importance of feedback as we consider how we are going to assess our learners.
Australasian Survey of Student Engagement
Much research has highlighted the vital importance of interactions with staff for the retention of first-year students.
Hausmann et al. (2007) refer to this as a ‘sense of belonging’, incorporating interactions with both peers and with staff. Wilcox et al. (2005) particularly emphasise social integration with peers, and Cuseo (2007) highlights interactions with teaching staff. Figure 9
This diagram shows the percentage of first-year students in Australia, New Zealand and the USA who report participating in various forms of student/staff interaction ‘often’ or ‘very often’. It is clear that first- year students in Australia are less likely to engage in every interaction than their American counterparts.
Compared to USA – Australian students less than half as likely to discuss their grades They are less likely than first year USA students to receive prompt written oral feedback.
Responses may reflect larger class sizes in Australia for first years Paradigms like the flipped classroom, working towards students being more “sticky” and connected with not only their learning but the broader institution.
Need to look at sustainable model that supports our students and educators
When we delve into the feedback component….To perform well in the students eyes, feedback needs to be:
Timely – so that it is still relevant and particularly before the next task has to be completed
Detailed – pointing the learner to specific areas in which they can improve
Helpful – so that it tells the learner what they need to do to improve
From a Teqsa standpoint – specific mention is made to: Adequate and timely feedback being provided to students on their assessed work. As a key component that each higher education award must meet.
Add timeline for assessment
Christie tenants of eLearning - “Action fueled by insight is essential to helping students succeed”
Leverage instructors’ existing use of Blackboard courses Collect, sample & store student artifacts separately from courses Conduct rubric evaluations in Course, Outcomes, or both Use results as direct evidence of student learning for learning outcomes assessment and improvement
Assessment, Outcomes, and Program Improvement
Maximising Assessment &
Driving for Continual Program
Solutions Engineer, Blackboard
• Solutions Engineer, ANZ
• Worked with Educational Tech. for 15 years
• Life is a journey of continuous improvement
• BSc Comp Science (Melbourne)
• Based in Melbourne, Australia
What did we hit?
Feedback is targeted & timely
Assessment is efficient & effective
Student Experience is straight forward.
Academic experience is straight forward & efficient
Digital Breadcrumbs -> Insight & Analytics
Process that drives continual improvement
Graduate recruitment lowest since records began (AFR:
• Poor quality of graduates is a significant problem with nearly one
fifth of employers saying “quality, experience and skill of the
graduate” was the key issue affecting their hiring.
• Employers are looking for;
• Interpersonal & Communications Skills - most sought after
• Passion, knowledge of industry, drive, commitment & attitude
• Critical reasoning & analytical skills
• Caliber of academic results